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Crayfish fishing day trip in Lake Viken, Karlsborg

Date: Friday 4 aug 2017 - Saturday 26 Aug 2017

Experience late summer in Sweden and enjoy the wonderful nature in this area while you fish your own crayfish among the rocks and small islands of Lake Viken, a beautiful stretch of the Göta Canal.

Having a Crayfish party in late August or early September, has been a tradition in Sweden for many hundreds of years.

Originally a delicacy only the upper classes enjoyed, by the 1800s the middle classes had discovered a taste for them, and nowadays almost all Swedes celebrate the end of the summer with a crayfish party, complete with hats & lanterns, snaps to drink and lots of silly songs to join in with. Some insist you have to serve freshwater crayfish, others saltwater. Both are delicious, boiled with fresh dill. And if you can fish your own crayfish for the party, so much the better!

We’re offering you the opportunity to experience late summer in Sweden and enjoy the wonderful nature in this area while you fish your own crayfish from a boat among the rocks and small islands of Lake Viken, a beautiful stretch of the Göta Canal.

There are plenty of fantastic nature experiences to be had on and around Lake Viken. If you’re lucky you might catch sight of beaver working away, elk swimming, or black throated loons making their melancholy call. Ospreys and herons can be spotted fishing here too.

We’ll bait the crayfish pots and lower them into the waters of Lake Viken. While you’re waiting for the crayfish to creep into the traps you could go mushroom or berry picking in the magical forests nearby, like the ones you see in pictures by the Swedish artist John Bauer. Maybe you’ll see a troll peeping out!

Day trip, around 3 hours; morning or afternoon, 5th, 12th, 19:th August 2016

* Welcome coffee by the inlet of the Göta Canal in Monäs where we'll go through the programme.
* The guide will tell you about crayfish, the history behind them and how to fish them, and about Lake Viken.
* Rowing boats for up to four, plus lifejackets.
* There are about 20 pots per line/per boat.
* Picnic on the beach or round the campfire.
* Nature Quiz Trail
* Finale with prize giving and crayfish count up.
* Opportunity to buy live or frozen crayfish to take home with you.
* Price 850 SEK per person. Max 16 people.


Bring suitable clothing and footwear for the weather. If it’s bad weather there are shelters. You’ll receive road directions and information about parking when you book. If you’re making a group booking other dates are available.

Please notify us of any allergies. Braxmaviken Gård is not licenced. We are an eco-friendly business.

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